Big Impact Ideas on a Small Budget

Posted on May 14, 2013

budget-ideas[1]Our homes are where we spend a majority of our time; it is much more inviting to love the space you live in.  Not everyone can afford a complete renovation, but with a little creativity, a small budget can go a long way to making a few changes to your home.

New Paint Job

Paint is the easiest way to change the look of a room, and with the vast selection of colors available, the options are endless.  Today, numerous techniques that let you texturize the walls you are painting. If creating a visual finish like wallpaper without the expense is to your liking, stencils are available to help you create a unique look.  Using several colors, you can create a stripe or even a plaid effect.  The options are many and only restricted by your imagination.

Kitchen Remodeling

In the kitchen, change out the drawer pulls and knobs for an instant inexpensive updated looked.  If the cabinets could use a fresher look, you can always paint them or reface them with a laminate.  Changing the countertops can be as simple as laying tile, resurfacing the tops or repainting them.  Any of these simple changes will create a completely new look in a drab kitchen.  A lot can be done in the kitchen without a huge investment.

Remodeling the Living Area

Other inexpensive changes can be as easy as buying and hanging new window treatments, or changing out the throw pillows on the couch. Slipcovers are fabulous for updating the look of living room furniture at a fraction of the cost of new furniture.

Spruce up the walls and ceilings with crown molding, or wainscoting.  There are several options for trim. For a bold look, install two types of molding of different widths. The trim will provide a punch of visual appeal, making the bare walls more interesting with a finished look.

Buying a New Carpet

Carpets are cheap and they can spice up your home. Buying a new carpet can change the entire look of your home. For instance, if you have brown furniture, you should consider buying a carpet that matches the brown sofas or complements the color.

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Guest post by Fares Elsabbagh of Vancouver General Contractors. Learn more about VGC

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